Just two weeks after the Pilot Training Reform Symposium in Atlanta chaired by the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA), Sporty’s Academy and SAFE have made their training syllabi available not only from the SAFE website, but from the Pilot Training Reform website as well.
Responding to a recommendation proposed by the Aviation Educators breakout group, Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) was the first to offer PDF versions of its syllabi for download from its website at no charge. The PDFs include two Private Pilot syllabi and one syllabus each for Instrument, Commercial, and Helicopter.
With the approval of the authors, the SAFE Board of Directors recently voted in favor of making three syllabi available. Previously reserved for the members-only section of the SAFE Library, these syllabi can now be accessed by anyone from the “Syllabi, Training Aids, Etc.” menu tab on the SAFE site, and from the “Symposium Output” menu tab on the Pilot Training Reform site.
The specific recommendation to which SAFE, Sporty’s, and ASA have responded addresses a key issue identified during the symposium: “instructors teaching using the seat of their pants without the use of a syllabus or plan of action.” The recommendation also challenged the industry to provide “standardized curriculum templates that instructors (14 CFR 61 as well as 141) can use.”
The addition of syllabi from Sporty’s and members of SAFE rounds out the range of online syllabi currently available to instructors and students at no charge, including: Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Private Pilot (three from which to choose), Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, and Helicopter syllabi. Aviation organizations are encouraged to link to these free online syllabi as well, SAFE officials said.